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KCUR Newscast
6:08 pm
Wed August 24, 2011

KCUR Evening News 8-24-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. –

  • Sales tax for KC zoo qualifies for Clay County ballot.
  • Friends of Plaza accepts language re: office building site.
  • Missouri court considering teachers stand on "Facebook law."
  • Neighborhood evacuated for evaluation of old military device.
  • KC police investigate serial early morning arsons.
  • Racy photo sends golf team to the clubhouse.

     

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    Film
    1:36 pm
    Wed August 24, 2011

    Walker's Three to See: <i>The Whistleblower</i>

    KCUR Arts Reporter Steve Walker shares his top movie picks of the week.

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    KCUR News
    12:39 pm
    Wed August 24, 2011

    KCMO School Superintendent Submits Resignation

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City Missouri school Superintendent John Covington submitted his resignation Wednesday, after a two-year tenure in which he closed about half the district's schools. Board member Arthur Benson also resigned.

    School board president Airick Leonard West announced Covington's resignation at the beginning of Wednesday night's board meeting. Benson says Covington gave his reasons for resigning in a closed session with the board. The board has not yet accepted the resignation.

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    Visual Arts
    12:32 pm
    Wed August 24, 2011

    Visitors Vote on Scumak to Add to NAMA's Collection

    Museum visitors Joan Newell, Jennifer Baxter, and Rachel Newell after voting for their favorite Scumaks.
    photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

    Acquiring new art for a museum's permanent collection can be a complex, and sometimes political process. When the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art found out they'd be able to keep three of New York-based artist Roxy Paine's Scumak sculptures, they decided to open up the decision to the public.

    Kansas City, Mo. – Acquiring new art for a museum's permanent collection can be a complex, and sometimes political process.

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    KCUR Newscast
    10:07 am
    Wed August 24, 2011

    KCUR Morning News 8-24-11

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Education groups in Missouri say they are confident they can strike a deal with lawmakers to settle confusion over a new state law governing how students and teachers interact using social media such as Facebook.

    The federal government should pay 100 percent of the cost of flood damage in Missouri. That's according to some members of the Missouri Senate.

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    Film
    8:00 am
    Wed August 24, 2011

    Walker's Three to See:<i>The Devil's Double</i>

    KCUR Arts Reporter Steve Walker shares his top movie picks of the week.

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    KCUR Newscast
    6:14 pm
    Tue August 23, 2011

    KCUR Evening News 8-23-11

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. –

  • Only pockets of power outages remain after 3 storms.
  • Power failures, afternoon heat still close area schools.
  • KC municipal judge investigated over residency requirement.
  • Teachers groups ask special session to fix "Facebook law."
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    KCUR News
    5:55 pm
    Tue August 23, 2011

    Fewer Missourians Lighting Up

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A recent survey finds fewer adults in Missouri are lighting up. KCUR's Elana Gordon has the details.

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    KCUR News
    4:33 pm
    Tue August 23, 2011

    Power Losses Flicker Away

    KANSAS CITY, MO. – In the Kansas City region, nearly everyone losing power from three vicious windstorms the past five days is back with fans, air conditioning and working refrigerators. KCP&L doubled its workforce with outside help to restore most of 238 thousand homes and businesses.

    The last remaining pocket of about 50 addresses is where work is concentrated now, along and north of Independence avenue in the Pendleton Heights neighborhood.

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    KCUR Newscast
    10:16 am
    Tue August 23, 2011

    KCUR Morning News 8-23-11

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, a Republican from the 2nd District, hopes Congress will be able to reach compromise on some important issues when lawmakers return to Washington in September.

    Missouri lawmakers will return to Jefferson City the day after Labor Day (Sept. 6th) to begin their special session.

    A proposed settlement has been reached in a lawsuit by Missouri residents against LegalZoom, an online vendor of legal forms and documents.

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    KCUR Newscast
    6:08 pm
    Mon August 22, 2011

    KCUR Evening News 8-22-11

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. –

  • KCP&L crews still working to restore power to thousands.
  • Nixon sets Sept. 6 date for special legislative session.
  • Helpful bosses victimized by Johnaon County scam.
  • University of MO Columbia enrollment sets several records.
  • Scholarship founded to honor pilot in air show crash.
  • Two firefighters injured battling south KC house fire.

     

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    KCUR News
    4:40 pm
    Mon August 22, 2011

    MU Bulges Despite Tuition Hikes

    Student recreation complex on MU-Columbia campus, will serve record numbers.
    photo by schooldesign.com

    Columbia, MO – As fall classes open today at University of Missouri's Columbia campus, enrollment has set a series of records.

    Overall enrollment is 33,318 students, a number that is 4.1 percent higher than last fall. There have never been as many Hispanic or black students and the freshman class is also at a record high.

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    KCUR News
    1:41 pm
    Mon August 22, 2011

    What IS that? Tiny Wind Turbine off of I-435

    Windjet 5, a silent but eye-catching model of energy efficiency, rotates next to I-435 in Overland Park. Photo by Susan B. Wilson/KCUR.

    KANSAS CITY, KS – Driving through Overland Park on the southern end of the I- 435 loop, KCUR's Susan B. Wilson noticed a large rotating object protruding into the sky. Curious, she took the highway exit and brings you this story about the Windjet 5, a small wind turbine that is showing Johnson County what the future of sustainable building design might look like. And sounds like.

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    KCUR News
    1:30 pm
    Mon August 22, 2011

    The Johnson County Sun Sets for Good

    KANSAS CITY, MO – For over 60 years, the Johnson County Sun covered suburban news. But on Tuesday, August 16, its parent company, NPG Co., told the staff of 20 that the paper would be coming to an end.

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    KCUR News
    12:00 pm
    Mon August 22, 2011

    New Curfew Prompts Debate about Parenting, Violence

    The shooting took place at 47th and Wyandotte, KCMO. Photo courtesy of flickr user Old Shoe Woman.

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    KCUR News
    10:14 am
    Mon August 22, 2011

    Mourners Remember Local Troops Killed in Afghanistan Chinook Crash

    Liesen Wonderlich (center) with her mother, sister and twin babies. Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR.

    OLATHE, Ks. – A national tragedy was brought very close home this week when the remains of several of the soldiers killed when a Chinook helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan returned to the area.

    30 Americans and eight Afghanis were on board and they all died. It was the single largest loss of US troops since the war began in Afghanistan almost ten years ago. And five of the 38 people who died in that helicopter crash had a connection to this region.

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    KCUR Newscast
    9:49 am
    Mon August 22, 2011

    KCUR Morning News 8-22-11

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A new report from the Missouri state auditor says Gov. Jay Nixon did not follow the Missouri Constitution when he withheld $170 million from the current budget to help fund disaster relief.

    The Kansas City Ballet today kicks off a two-week celebration of its new home in the Crossroads, the $32 million dollar Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity.

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    KCUR Newscast
    5:33 pm
    Sat August 20, 2011

    Top Stories of the Week

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. –

  • Plaza gunshots trigger tougher KC youth curfew.
  • Highwoods backs down on Plaza high-rise plan.
  • Council committee sidetracks Chastain rail election.
  • KC e-tax election requirement suit dismissed.
  • No federal funding for de-funded Kansas arts.
  • Property taxes increased in 3 Jo Co suburbs.
  • Hard times close the Johnson County Sun.
  • Bubba Starling takes $7.5 million Royals deal.

     

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    KCUR Newscast
    6:11 pm
    Fri August 19, 2011

    KCUR Evening News 8-20-11

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. –

  • City lists detention centers for violators of new curfew.
  • Community centers try to move kids from flash mobbing.
  • Thousands still without power after Thursday storm.
  • Missouri State Fair reopens after power failure closing.
  • Council-favored rail plan gets $652,000 for study.
  • Teachers sue over Missouri social media law.
  • Chiefs #1 draft pick injured in locker room fight?

     

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    Theater/Performance
    1:59 pm
    Fri August 19, 2011

    Kansas City Ballet Celebrates New Home

    Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity
    image: courtesy of BNIM

    On Monday, the Kansas City Ballet kicks off a two-week celebration of its new home in the Crossroads, the $32 million Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity.

    Kansas City, Mo. – On Monday, the Kansas City Ballet kicks off a two-week celebration of its home in the Crossroads, the $32 million Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity.

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    KCUR Newscast
    9:07 am
    Fri August 19, 2011

    KCUR Morning News 8-19-11

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Utility crews are working to get power restored to tens of thousands of customers this morning.

    Kansas City's chief of police and the deputy chief told the city council this week that more officers on the Plaza would likely control unruly mobs of kids who assemble there and avoid violence like last weekend's shooting.

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    Visual Arts
    8:30 am
    Fri August 19, 2011

    "America I AM" Travels to Union Station in October

    A traveling exhibition, exploring 500 years of African-American history, from slavery to the present-day, is coming to Union Station this fall.

    Kansas City, Mo. – A traveling exhibition, exploring 500 years of African-American history, from slavery to the present-day, is coming to Union Station this fall. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.

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    KCUR Newscast
    6:14 pm
    Thu August 18, 2011

    KCUR Evening News 8-19-11

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. –

  • Council passes tougher two-level youth curfew.
  • Committee delays Chastain light rail vote.
  • Judge won't stay order that Kansas pay Planned Parenthood.

     

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    KCUR News
    4:30 pm
    Thu August 18, 2011

    KC Light Rail to Side Track

    Kansas City, MO. – The latest light rail proposal from Clay Chastain will not be on a fast track through the Kansas City Council.

    The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee voted without dissent today to hold a hearing on the tax measure in more than a month. That could kill a November vote and move it to next year.

    But Committee Chair Russ Johnson argued a lot of time is needed for pro and con forces to build their cases--"the planning, funding and construction of public transit is as complex as it is important."

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    Music
    3:18 pm
    Thu August 18, 2011

    Who was Blind Boone?

    Blind Boone, a talented pianist, overcame blindness from a childhood illness to become an important figure in the Kansas City jazz scene. Photo is image number SHS 006696 from the State Historical Society of Missouri.

    It's often a challenge for even the most hard-core jazz buffs to remember Missouri's pre-ragtime composer known as Blind Boone.

    KANSAS CITY, MO – The National Endowment for the Arts recently announced a pledge of $200,000 to help restore the long-abandoned Boone Theater in the 18th and Vine District. While it's a welcome boost for the neighborhood, even many Missourians are hard-pressed to remember the 19th century composer and pianist for whom the theater was named.

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    KCUR News
    2:45 pm
    Thu August 18, 2011

    Johnson County Prison Program Gets High Praise From National Consultants

    Sheriff Frank Denning says localities need to come up with new solutions to jail overcrowding. Photo-Johnson County Sheriff's office

    Johnson County, Kansas – Experts from The Justice Center of The Council of State Governments in New York, and The Criminal Justice Institute in Boston, were in Johnson County this week talking with administrators of an innovative inmate- reentry program.

    The consultants say the Johnson County program is becoming a national model.

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    KCUR News
    11:34 am
    Thu August 18, 2011

    Reshaping Medicaid in Kansas: Hundreds Gather For Final Forum

    OVERLAND PARK, Ks. – The last in a series of public forums on how to reform Medicaid in Kansas drew more than 300 people to the Overland Park Convention Center yesterday. As Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson reports, Kansas Governor Brownback has said he wants to find ways to improve care for Medicaid clients while saving money over the long term.

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    KCUR News
    11:10 am
    Thu August 18, 2011

    Highwoods Backs Down on High-Rise

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It's looking like there will be no referendum election on a controversial Plaza high-rise plan and no court battle.

    Plaza owner Highwoods Development's latest offer is that if it builds the building it will be a block to the west at the Valencia-2 site north of an existing office tower.

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    Performance
    9:45 am
    Thu August 18, 2011

    KCAT Tackles Four Works by Harold Pinter

    Kansas City Actors Theatre, or KCAT, has built a reputation for designing its seasons around a specific theme or playwright. In past years, the company studied marriage by mounting four different plays about it, and spotlighted Missouri-native Lanford Wilson by staging his three "Talley" plays.

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    KCUR News
    1:43 am
    Thu August 18, 2011

    Youth Curfew Plan Fading

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After three young people were wounded by gunfire last Saturday night, Mayor Sly James said a plan would be finalized this week - possibly a 9 PM citywide youth curfew.

    But Deputy Police Chief Cy Ritter told the public safety committee Wednesday that so far the action plan is an increased and very visible police presence.

    Ritter added, "This plan worked very well last time and we think that this plan is going to work again. We're very confident."

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